The Conference Call for Papers created—at least for this participant—an expectation of a Conference Program that would address these questions and, in doing so, would be forward-looking, questioning, reflective, and willing to respectfully consider alternative methodological or policy proposals.
The paper is structured as follows. First, I make some general comments about the Conference content and participation. Second, I consider in more detail the perceived misunderstandings of Regulation Theory because these, in my view, must be directly and systematically addressed if Regulation Theory is to effectively meet the challenge posed in the Conference Call for Papers and propel its international recognition as a cogent analytical framework of the dynamics of contemporary capitalism.
Third, I propose three strategies to draw upon the momentum provided by the Conference to elevate the profile of Regulation Theory and generate a much wider understanding of its analytical strengths and potential policy contributions. This is an important question.
If the expressed concerns in the Call for Papers are to addressed, real engagement and debate which transcends the borders of one or two papers is needed. In the workshop sessions that I attended — and obviously there is a limit to the number of sessions that one person can attend — real engagement and debate was not strong.
First, the papers presented in some sessions were quite disparate which immediately posed barriers to a broader discussion that drew together all the contributions.
Third, session discussants often treated papers individually not collectively. Real engagement and debate is difficult to achieve without a constant and consistent effort by all those involved. Mechanisms other than conference sessions need to be constructed if real engagement and debate is to take place that will progress the evolution of Regulation Theory. I have interpreted regulation theory as a continuing research programme rather than an already established monolithic theoretical system.
Even the dominant Parisian theorists hardly constitute a single school with a fixed, coherent, and complete set of concepts. But they are certainly contributing, along with others, to a broad, continuing, and hopefully progressive research programme. More importantly, Boyer sees Regulation Theory as having a solid theoretical construct as well as one which is capable of further development and refinement. The problem of few translations is, I contend, compounded by a fundamental linguistic issue.
English speakers, naturally, comprehend the words of a translation in the same way as the common usage in their own language which may not have been the original intent. Words translated do not necessarily hold the same meaning as their original use. Hence, in this case, English readers apply an English usage to words that were written with a French usage in mind which must create fertile ground for a range of terms to be applied deriving more from cultural linguistic differences than anything else.
In most cases, one or a few writings have been the subject of comment for example: Albritton, ; Barbrook, ; Brenner and Glick, ; Cataife, ; Clarke, ; Davis, ; Kotz, This may have been the direct result of few English translations of a considerable number of French publications. Consequently, for Boyer, Regulation Theory is not static nor can the zenith of its development be pinpointed to a particular time but rather it continually grows and develops through the benefit of more and more research.
This is not to suggest that Jessop considers concepts per se have not been developed. The value of a theory is measured by the quality of the research programme that it produces. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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Yves Saillard Editor. Robert Boyer and Yves Sailard's Theorie de la Regulation introduces the Francophone public to one of the most important new currents in social science of the past half-century. This long-awaited translation will help broaden its impact still further. Regulation Theory focuses on the structural features of a given model and has helped enliven the examination of core economic Robert Boyer and Yves Sailard's Theorie de la Regulation introduces the Francophone public to one of the most important new currents in social science of the past half-century.
Regulation Theory focuses on the structural features of a given model and has helped enliven the examination of core economic concepts. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 16th by Routledge first published November 15th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 7.
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